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How soon after sleeve can I strength train?

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Hi all,  

I am scheduled for my sleeve on September 11.  I currently strength train and do cardio 2-3 times a week.  I'm trying to do as much strength training as possible before my surgery.  I typically do a mix of old-school body resistance (push-ups, etc.), new-school resistance (TRX), and free weights (deadlifts, bench, etc.). 

I am SUPER concerned about losing muscle (and all of my progress!) post-surgery.  I've read a number of threads about people wanting to lift only after they've lost all of their weight, which seems pretty far out and makes it tougher to get back on track.  

I want to get back to strength training after surgery as soon as possible in order to minimize muscle loss and maintain/increase tone while losing.  

Anyone have any advice on this? FWIW, I'm 41, female. 

Thanks in advance! 

 

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That's something you needed to be guided on by your surgeon and much will depend on how your surgery goes.

Having said that, I had an umbilical hernia repaired at the same time as my RNY and wasn't cleared for anything more than walking for 6 weeks.

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Your surgeon will guide you. I was allowed to lift no more than 15 pounds starting at 2.5 weeks out. At the 3-month mark, I should be cleared for as much weight as I can handle. I still haven't been cleared for abs. I'm going to ask about abs at my 3-month appointment, too. Unfortunately, you will lose some muscle mass but keeping up your protein intake & continuing your strength training will help keep it to a minimum.

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On 8/5/2017 at 9:15 AM, Dragonfly111 said:

Hi all,  

I am scheduled for my sleeve on September 11.  I currently strength train and do cardio 2-3 times a week.  I'm trying to do as much strength training as possible before my surgery.  I typically do a mix of old-school body resistance (push-ups, etc.), new-school resistance (TRX), and free weights (deadlifts, bench, etc.). 

I am SUPER concerned about losing muscle (and all of my progress!) post-surgery.  I've read a number of threads about people wanting to lift only after they've lost all of their weight, which seems pretty far out and makes it tougher to get back on track.  

I want to get back to strength training after surgery as soon as possible in order to minimize muscle loss and maintain/increase tone while losing.  

Anyone have any advice on this? FWIW, I'm 41, female. 

Thanks in advance! 

 

Our pre-op stats are somewhat similar and my workouts pre-op sound a lot like yours. You will lose muscle but don't stress about it.I lost 50% of my body weight but I only lost about 35% of my strength as far as what weigh I use for 12 reps in sets of 3. Pound for pound, I'm stronger now than I was pre-WLS.

I started back working out with my trainer 4 weeks after WLS. Just follow what your dr says as far as how much you can lift and when. You'll be back in your pre-op shape (but better because you weigh less) in no time. Make sure you hit your protein goals too. That helps reduce muscle loss. 

 

Good Luck!

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Stephtay, thank you so much!  You've put my mind at ease.  

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12 hours ago, Dragonfly111 said:

Stephtay, thank you so much!  You've put my mind at ease.  

You are welcome. About 15 months after WLS I had plastics which included a tummy tuck. My PS said under my loose skin I had the ab muscles "of a professional athlete". And, he said I would recover from the TT much faster because I was in good shape. You are going to do great with WLS and be stronger and fitter than ever! I am excited for you!

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